Deezer Receives Funding From ProSiebenSat.1 Group and it Merges AMPYA into Deezer

Deezer has sold a stake to ProSiebenSat.1 Group, which will now merge their music streaming platform AMPYA into Deezer.

Gerrit Schumann, vice president of Deezer Europe: “Deezer and ProSiebenSat.1 are moving forward together. With Deezer we are offering the most intuitive personalised music service on the market. With the reach of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group we will be allowing an even larger audience unlimited access to our music catalogue. I am delighted to be welcoming Michael Krause on board as the new managing director for Deezer GSA. With his knowledge and experience he will ensure even more success in the German-speaking countries.”

Christian Wegner, member of the executive board ProSiebenSat.1 said: “Deezer and ProSiebenSat.1 are an excellent duo. Deezer’s many years of expertise combined with the marketing power of our TV group provide the best prerequisites for reaching the number one position in Germany, the third biggest music market in the world – and that is our common goal.”

WOK releases VVOC-1, free vintage vocal synth plugin

WOK has just launched a new free VST plugin called VVOC-1, a vocal synth. This new plugin produces voice sounds with a “vintage electronic touch”.

There’s an integrated chorus effect, and you can use an XY pad to select formants. A pitch glide function is onboard, too, and – somewhat cryptically – WOK mentions a “hidden secret” that can “unveil more power than the easy GUI might imply”.

VVOC-1 is available for Windows only, and can be downloaded from the WOK website.

Rumour: Spotify in Talks with Vodacom Group for South African Music Streaming Partnership

It has also been reported that Spotify is in talks with telco Vodacom Group about some kind of partnership in South Africa. Vodacom has 31.5m customers in South Africa, so would be a high-profile way of launching in the country, where Deezer is already available along with Africa-focused Spinlet, and Universal Music Group’s app The Kleek.

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Culture Code Signs to RouteNote for Distribution: Electronic Music Catalogue Just Got Even Stronger

The RouteNote Electronic music catalogue just got even strong! Culture Code has joined RouteNote to start sending his old release and his new work to the streaming stores (Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, etc).

Here is his latest release: Culture Code & Regoton ft. Jonny Rose – Waking Up

Playlist of his best remixes:

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How can I connect my Facebook Page with my Spotify account?

Unfortunately there’s no way to connect a Spotify account with a Facebook page due to backend limitations. You can connect a Spotify account with a Facebook account, but not a page right now. This is why we encourage folks to link directly to playlists and profiles on their Facebook pages. To do that, simply right-click on the playlist or track and choose ‘Copy HTTP link’. Then you’ll be able to paste the link on your social media like you would any other link.

How do I get my music on the Discover or Browse page on Spotify?

Artists always ask how they can get their music onto the Discovery and Browse page within Spotify. So here is how it all works.

The Discover and Browse pages are totally algorithmic based on streaming data. This means that the albums are recommended based on what other people are listening to in your region. All new albums that get uploaded to the service are put into the algorithm, and if a lot of people listen to it in a particular area it will show up on the page.

The more you are followed, shared and appear in playlists, the more you will appear in a user’s Discover Feed.